|IPELS Board with Michael Giordano (second right)|
Giordano began his sports law practice, which is just one of his practice areas at Vandeventer, much like an entrepreneur begins a small business: through hard work, networking, and research.
One of the most difficult aspects of entering sports law in the Hampton Roads region is that there are no major league teams here. The Norfolk Tides (baseball) and Norfolk Admirals (hockey) are minor league teams. After researching sports teams and organizations, Giordano found his niche. He joined the Sports Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association’s Forum Committee on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, and the Norfolk Sports Club.
During the discussion, Giordano provided numerous tips for law students who plan to pursue sports law:
- Join local sports law organizations and athletic interest groups
- Gain business skills
- Know the local industry and make connections by contacting local sports professionals and developing rapport
- Talk to your firm: they might help you develop a sports law practice
- Continue to develop professional skills through mentorship at your firm
- Stay up-to-date on sports news and events
“Find what you’re passionate about, and keep working at it. If you do good work, people will hear about you, and they will find you,” he says.
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